Hello, I'm Debbie Magney, and I have been interested in the subject of health and nutrition for many years. In 1979 I was introduced to a vegetarian lifestyle through some friends and became a vegetarian for two years. This launched what would become a life-long passion in the field of health and nutrition.
I decided to follow my passion and in February 2014, after three years of coursework, I graduated from Huntington College of Health Sciences and received a Diploma in Comprehensive Nutrition. During the first course at Huntington, I became familiar with Functional Medicine. It was life-changing. Getting to the cause of any issue has always made sense to me and I believed this should apply to health.
Working as an expert, a ‘Nutrition Counselor’, wasn’t as rewarding as I expected. People really don’t’ want someone else telling them what they should be doing in the field of health. And providing individuals with all the current studies to support such changes doesn’t do as much as I expected to encourage change. So beginning in February 2018 until January 2019 I began training with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy where I received a Certificate as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. I learned Coaching was key to supporting individuals with their health-related goals. And I couldn’t imagine a better fit, working with Functional Medicine Practitioners and their patients as a Functional Medicine Health Coach.
So, why are Functional Medicine Certified Health Coaches a vital link between a Functional Medicine Practitioner and their patients?
The Functional Medicine Practitioner approaches each person’s health concerns using a system’s biology approach. What this means to the common person is that each and every cell in the body is connected and affected by whatever we eat or drink, how much we sleep (or don’t), how we manage our stressors, how much movement we get, our relationships, etc. The Practitioner will be looking at all of these areas and the resultant effects on our hormones, digestion, detoxification, assimilation, etc. How will one person incorporate all of the valuable recommendations ‘prescribed’ by the Functional Medicine Practitioner and reach their goals of improved health? This is where the valuable role of the Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach becomes apparent.
The Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach is trained to understand the underlying objectives of the Functional Medicine Practitioner as well as the ‘language’ of the FM Practitioner. When the Coach and the client receive the Practitioners ‘prescription’ of items to incorporate, the Coach together with the client chart out a course for lifestyle changes. Little by little, small step by small step, the client incorporates the Rx of the Practitioner. The resultant goal for both Practitioner and patient: Improved Health! It's a win, win for everyone!
On a personal note, education has always been important to me. In 1988 my husband and I attended a missionary-training school and were then sent to Venezuela, South America, where we lived for six years. We enjoyed greatly helping individuals to learn about the wonderful message found in the bible. I currently participate regularly in that same volunteer Bible-education work locally. This brings me great satisfaction and true purpose in life.
I have been married for 36 years and we enjoy the companionship of our little, 13-year-old Yorkie/Silkie, Tika. We enjoy hiking in the Litchfield Hills around where we live. I also enjoy singing with friends and playing guitar, although this is truly a work in progress.